Must Watch – Yu Katagiri 2018

Yesterday right as I posted Brandon Derbowka’s amazing new edit, I got a notification on instagram that Yu Katagiri had dropped a new edit. Rather than post 2 banging edits at the same time, I decided to give Brandon’s edit some limelight on the site for 24 hours, well deserved in my opinion. Today, is all about this wonder kid from Nagaoka,Niigata Japan.

I had the pleasure to watch this 13 year old prodigy at two contests in the summer, BMX Cologne and Urban Waves and the kid delivered in both contests and is the real deal. What were you doing at 13 years old? This level of riding, creating tricks, being consistent, beating established pros double your age? It’s easy to say Yu Katagiri is the future, but he’s already here and smashing it hard!

As with all Must Watch edits I like to highlight why I chose this edit as Must Watch, and before I get into details, regardless of age this hits the spot really hard and can only inspire you for today’s session!

1:22: Carved peg wheelie flip to pedal g-roll turbine flip to opposite foot turbine ice cream shove it xft ice cream turbine flip pivot to spinning lawn bike flip to xft mega spin turbine pivot to g-roll flip back to spinning lawn bike flip to pedal turbine g-roll out! (that last switch is insane!)…

2:03: Xft carved peg wheelie pivot to two footed backyard pivot direct to backwards ucchie spin bike flip to xft pumping ice cream backwards xft ice cream spin pivot peg wheelie to xft ice cream (that switch rewinding to understand) to backwards spinning x-ft cream to backwards foot pedal time machine out! Thats’s two massive lines already with so much creativity within, this kid!!!

3:00: My favourite line of this amazing edit, the beginning just has me hitting the rewind. So rad!
Go watch this and admire this kids technique, I feel like I have typed enough over the past few days. I’m left thinking various thoughts…

If Yu is this good at 13 years old, what happens when he is 18 years old and so on…. Thank you ZOLS ETM for sharing this kids amazing talent with us all, flatland just went up a notch and then some! Hitting the rewind and watching in awe of this kids abilities.

Can we please see some footage of his brother, Ryo!

8 thoughts on “Must Watch – Yu Katagiri 2018

  1. all these original hard switches and flow, this is beauty, this is amazing, this is great

    Yes his brother provided some serious move too, can’t wait to see what he has in store too!

    really love the deepness of beautiful flatland

  2. Whenever I see a newcomer with talent I always think back to what Matthias was doing at the same age back when he was posting edits on Myspace and blowing everyone’s mind. I don’t even think the two are comparable. This kid is light years beyond where Matthias was even when he was absolutely killing it as a young teenager. If he continues to ride and progress we’re probably looking at one of the all time greats and top competing riders for the next decade.

  3. O.M.G. !! Watching this dude shred @ the Voodoo Jam , 2017 , Bobby Burge / myself , it was our FIRST time seeing , hearing about him ……THEN watching him ride in person………We were both SILENT watching in amazement , hahaha . Bruuuuuuuv ……..Its REALLY scary to really think about just how skilled / far ahead of the curve he is / has been ……..When I stop , think about him in the FUTURE , his riding THEN ….I mean , just like T.J. stated he DEFINITELY gonna be a TOP contender in comps AND TOP rider in general ! Bike flip to PEDAL rope spin …….IN a COMBO , just SCREAMS this . This edit is like so , so , crazy good ! Rad style , flow , tech/ difficult techniques , AND consistency ………Yu has got it ALL !

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